BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU junior pitcher Alex Lange was selected as the No. 30 overall pick Monday night by the Chicago Cubs in the 2017 MLB Draft.
Lange, who is second on LSU's all-time career strikeouts list, is from Lees Summit, MO, and has been a star for the Tigers for three years. In his freshman season, he went 12-0 with a 1.96 ERA and 131 strikeouts. Since then, he's gone 17-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 2016 and a 2.92 ERA this season.
Throughout 2017, Lange hasn't said whether or not he will sign an MLB contract, but it is expected he will turn pro and not return to campus for his senior season.
The Tigers will play in Omaha at the College World Series this Saturday, June 17, against Florida State.
Lange becomes the 18th first-round draft pick in program history.
The No. 30 overall pick is slotted at a value of $2,184,300. Lange is the third LSU pitcher drafted in the first round since 2012.